Where To Start Finding Trucking Job Without Diploma Or GED?

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Jonathan K.'s Comment
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So I am lookin at becoming a truck driver. I have zero experience. I am looking at attending some school's unfortunately they all want a GED or Diploma which I do not have.

Both my dad and my uncle are truck drivers, they have been for a long time. I was told go get a physical and study for the Written test. But after that where do I go? If school doesn't want people without a GED I am now stuck.

I came across this site from google. Searched for good paying jobs without a Diploma or Ged (Weird isn't it?) And this site was on another site and now here I am.

Any way, any thoughts suggestions please reply.

Thanks, Jon

Tracey K.'s Comment
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Yep!

Look for a Technical school in your area. Go and apply to take the GED. They will help you. Get that and apply at the same school for Truck driving. Find one that has a CDL class. You will come out better in the long run. Just a question, but how old are you? If you haven't been out of school more than 40 years you should be able to take the test without a problem. I know Georgia lowered the testing score for a GED last year. It's really not a big deal. The Tech. school will help you especially if they know you want to get into their CDL program. That's what they are their for. Most schools will have recruiters as well that will come in to talk with you.

Check youe area out for a Tech school and let us know. We will continue to help you from there.

It's going to take some work, but if you want it bad enough you will do what it takes.

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Jonathan K.'s Comment
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I am 21 years old. Still pretty young. Quit school in the 9th grade. I heard the GED got harder starting this thursday. I will definitely be trying to get that though.

Tracey K.'s Comment
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Still young. You can do it. I had to take one back in 2003. I graduated from school in 1980. They had lost my transcripts and I had to go through the Commissioner of Education for our State. Had me scared to death that I had to take a GED. All this time thought I was good. But I passed and have done three tours of duty with three different Technical Schools.rofl-1.gif

I am 51 now. If I can do it at...how old was I?....41! had to think. Duh! 10 years ago. But....

YOU CAN DO IT!

Let us know. We are here to help you all the way. I just am not good at math!..

Jonathan K.'s Comment
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Out of curiosity, do you think it would be possible for me not to need a GED for the Company CDL Schooling?

I was just reading into that, and doesn't say anything on the requirements on the ones I have been readin about needing any of that.

I will definitely keep you all updated on this.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Daniel H.'s Comment
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Jonathan,

I never finished High School either (made it through 10th grade) nor have I got a GED and I am starting the Swift Driving Academy on Jan 6th. I had FFE/KLLM Transportation, CRST, Central, and Transport America calling me after I filled out applications with them.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It certainly doesn't hurt to apply to all of the Company-Sponsored Training Programs and see what they say. But I'll say this - you're putting a hurtin on yourself if you plan on trying to work around not having a GED for the next 40+ years of your working life. That would be crazy. If you're ready to do the studying and put in the work to start a new career in trucking then put in the time to get that GED now also. Otherwise you're going to find doors slammed in your face your whole life over something that's way too simple to avoid doing.

Get that GED, get your CDL , and start a whole new life for yourself with new opportunities. You're really young. Learn to think long-term and learn to make plans and stick with em, especially the ones that take quite a while to execute. Don't think about what you're going to do for a job in the next few months. Think about what are you going to do for a life for the next 60+ years.

Once you get that CDL and start trucking you're going to find your time severely limited. Although you could study and get your GED after getting your CDL it would be far more difficult that way. Get that GED and then get that CDL. Then you'll have a solid foundation to build on.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Jonathan K.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the replies. I am going to get my GED it is something I need to do not just for jobs, but for myself.

I was deciding between swift, and prime. I will possibly apply for more, but those are my 2 top picks for now. I still have a few months before even applying, so the GED should be done by then. I am currently in school for training for a vol. fireman. Ends in April. After that I should be good. I should then have all the information that and anything else by then.

Again thanks for the replies. I will be sticking around here in the mean time to see what goes on around here. It is a great site!

~Jon

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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